Amid the industrial-chic serenity of The Spa at Gasoline Alley, a team of beauticians imbue clients with a sense of calm through relaxing massages and skincare treatments. Therapists shoo away aches and untie painful knots with four styles of massage, and aestheticians gently wax away unwanted hair from more than 10 areas of the body, including lower legs and underarms. The skincare specialists also smooth epidermises with custom facials that are expertly tailored to address each client’s specific skin type and condition.
Specializing in skin-softening and pore-purifying nonsurgical treatments, Aesthetíque Impressions employs trained techniques to refresh and restore skin. Certified aesthetician Margarita, who spends her off hours providing complimentary beauty treatments to cancer patients, is a skin soothsayer, using her decade of experience to brighten and revitalize each bit of visage-vellum she encounters. An intense-cleansing facial will refresh the body's naturally occurring billboard with an exhilarating cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, massage, and mask, and the naturally occurring salicylic acid in the pumpkin peel will purge pores and boost circulation with an infusion of nutritious vitamins.
Experienced stylist and cosmetologist Kelly Holbrook founded Simply Divine Beauty Lounge in 2008. Since then, she has welcomed visitors into a world of haircare treatments, soothing massages, and stylish manicures. The women working behind the scissors draw from a wealth of experiences and training, from Kelly Holbrook's childhood trips to the salon with her mother and grandmother, to extensive practices in energy therapy, reiki, and hot-stone massage—with 100% of the hot stones reporting feeling less tense after their massages. These expertly trained technicians pour out products from Dermalogica, Goldwell, and Bioelements to transform a part of their clients' appearance. They render eye-catching updos, oxygenating facials, Swedish massages, and nail treatments.
The staff also welcomes guests to wait for their services in comfort. The lounge’s refined interior features black leather furnishing, cream-colored walls, and WiFi.
Monica Hunter is part of the team at Issavia Hair Studio, a chic space with exposed brick walls, oak-framed mirrors, and antique furniture scattered tastefully throughout. Issavia Hair Studio staffs stylists and master stylists as well as renowned skincare specialists; Monica herself has experience working for a Conde Nast Top 10 Beauty Destination. At Isavia she helps clients regain healthy and radiant skin with treatments like microdermabrasion, which sloughs away dead skin cells to reveal a smoother, more radiant complexion. Isavia also offers facials and makeup applications as well as precision cuts, coloring, and styling?all of which can breathe new life into a client's personal style and increase their bathroom mirror's sense of job satisfaction.
Dawna Brisebois of Pioneer Valley Electrolysis debunks the myth that all hair-removal techniques are created equal. Plucking, tweezing, and waxing can cause hair to grow back even thicker than before, and lasers only target dark pigments—these methods may be less effective on blonde, grey, and red hair colors. But electrolysis puts an end to unwanted hair. The precise treatment targets each individual follicle with a quick pulse of energy that puts an end to regrowth, and is safe and effective for all skin and hair types.
With more than 10 years of experience to her name, Melissa helms one side of her eponymous salon while her sister and co-owner, Susan, lends her skills as a seamstress to the in-store boutique. The siblings’ signature blend of salon services and boutique luxuries sets them apart as a one-stop destination for those who like to mix their spa and retail therapies.
The sounds of clipping shears and contented sighs mingle on Melissa’s side of the salon, where she wields top-notch salon products that range from CND nail polishes to the individualized ointments of the Bioelements facial line. During haircuts, color services, and treatments for the face and nails, Melissa restores beauty lost to age or gambled away during high-stakes poker games.